SOLD - John Dickson & Son Round-Action, made in 1904
12 Gauge, patent triggerplate action, side-by-side shotgun
This classic Round-Action was ordered in December 1903 and delivered as a best single gun in July 1904. Marked with Patent Use Number 1122, its the 1122nd patent-gun made in the Round-Action’s 141 year history.
Guns of this period typically had the banner scroll John Dickson & Son on the side of the action, with the large deeper scrolls, this style was a firm favourite of the Sumner workshop. However, this gun has the fine bouquet and scroll engraving with the John Dickson & Son lettering at the top side of the action, which is very unusual as Dickson did not move to this style fully until the 1920’s.
This engraving was a special order to the Sumner workshop, sent on 7th July 1904.
“We send you a Best Gun to be done in the very best way and as soon as you can as we have upwards of 20 guns to do before the 12th. Do you think you could get Mr. Price to give us a help with the hardening & blueing – you might ask him”.
Considering the gun was delivered to the customer in Edinburgh completely finished on the 26th July is quite a feat. But then again, Dickson delivered 77 guns in 1904, 62 being Round-Actions.
This gun has a finely figured stock finished off with knibbed Silvers recoil pad. Overall, the gun is in excellent condition and the original 29in Damascus barrels measure well.
- Action: Dickson Patent Triggerplate with assisted-opener, top lever with Scott spindle and Purdey bolt, hidden third fastener and Anson push-rod fore-end.
- Gauge: 12
- Barrel Length : 29in
- Chambers: 2 1/2in
- Proof: London Nitro Proof at .729
- Bores: .737 (R) & .736 (L)
- Walls: .023 (R) & .022 (L)
- Chokes : 1/4 (R) & 3/8 (L)
- Ejectors: Yes, Dickson Patent Ejector System
- Stock dimensions: Drop at comb 1 1/2in, Drop at heel 2 1/8in, 15 1/8in to centre
- Cast Off: 1/16in
- Weight: 6lb 6oz
- Location: Dunkeld